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Hodie est a.d. VIII Kal. Mart. 2776 AUC ~ 2 Anthesterion in the second year of the 700th Olympiad

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The guys take a brief break from Vergil this week to talk about some of Dave’s recent translation work. The theme is Scottish divine Samuel Rutherford (1600-1661) and his Scholastic magnum opus Examen Arminianismi (‘A Careful Review of Arminianism’). This is for a forthcoming publication by Reformation Heritage Books. After spending a little time on Rutherford’s bio and background – including pedagogy of the 17th century – we get into some of the nuances and challenges of Scholastic Latin. Its plain, unadorned style, jawbreaking adverbs and abstruse, Thomistic constructions (indeclinabiliter, reduplicative, in facto esse, in fieri), and repetition for the sake of clarity, all come under the microscope. So if you’re interested in the translator’s task, in 17th century theological Latin, in some of the politics and controversy of the life of a famous Puritan, then be sure to tune in for this one!

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders, it portends abundance, but also many mice and deer.

… adapted from the text and translation of:

Jean MacIntosh Turfa, The Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar, in Nancy Thomson de Grummond and Erika Simon (eds.), The Religion of the Etruscans. University of Texas Press, 2006. (Kindle edition)